The spa that sits under the mountains

In White Sulphur Springs, Route 92 twists through thick expanses of pine trees and straightens out among rolling green hills, passing by long-since abandoned barns and quaint white farm houses.

A mile or two into the Monongahela National Forest, a door leading into the side of a mountain sometimes causes passing cars to tap their brakes and occasionally even pull off the road for a closer look.

2 rounded cave-like domes emerge from under a grassy hill. Wildflowers grow from the roof. Other than a small sign tacked on the wall reading “Quiet Please, Session In Progress,” the spackled and modest mud-colored shell provides little insight into what may lie behind a weathered green door.

The Salt Cave and Spa building mirrors the owners’ philosophy in health and wellness: it comes from nature. The most unique service the Salt Cave and Spa offers is halotherapy, more commonly known as salt therapy. A large portion of the building is dedicated to a salt cave, a room composed entirely of Himalayan salt (16,000 pounds of it to be exact).

Everything you touch in the room is salt— from the floor to the ceiling. Himalayan salt is extremely pure because it has been maturing in the Himalayan mountains for approximately 250 million years. The main reason people use it, especially as table salt, is for its mineral content. It contains all 84 elements in our bodies.

Guests enjoy 45-minute sessions in the cave, which is equal to about 3 days by the oceanside as far as negative ion intake. Aside from halotherapy, the spa also features an array of natural services, including massages, clay body wraps, ion foot detoxes, aromatherapy, light therapy, yoga, facials and exfoliation treatments. 

The best part? The spa is located within the National Radio Quiet Zone, a federally mandated area that receives no cell phone service. Thanks to the quiet zone, a trip to this spa is truly an escape from reality.


This post was last updated on April 17, 2020